Tuesday
May302017

June 2017 General Meeting

We'll have the June general meeting at the normal date and time, Thursday June 1, 2017 at 7PM at the Nevada Garden Clubs Center.

Our speakers will be:

Vicki Yuen

Vicki has been involved with the Garden Club since 2002, and has been a member of the Cactus Society for several years. She grew up in West Texas, and loves the desert.  She is currently Treasurer of the Society and acting Secretary.

Vicki will be speaking on: Lithops, and the Denver Mid-States Conference in 2016.

Stephanie Thomas

Stephanie is a long time member, officer, and local plant expert having worked with all the local cactus and succulent nurseries and having worked in the field with several regional experts.

Stephanie will review the club field trip to Meadview this April 2017.

 

Consider bringing along a friend, a refreshment, a raffle plant, though Dick Askew has been providing many plants every meeting this year.  We should have a ceramic pot or two for the raffle.  And we do have some free passes to the Cactus and Succulent Society of America Plant Show and Sale at the Huntington Museum and Botanical Gardens held at the end of June.  The Huntington is near Pasadena, CA and always worth a trip.

 

 

Monday
May012017

May 2017 General Meeting

We'll have the May general meeting at the normal date and time, Thursday May 4, 2017 at 7PM at the Nevada Garden Clubs Center.

Our presenter is another friend of the CSSSN, Woody Minnich. His topic: Mexico, The Hidden Treasures of Coahuila.  Woody was kind enough to provide a biography quoted here:

Wendell S. (Woody) Minnich 2015

Woody, as he is commonly called, has been in the cactus hobby for some 45 years and has become well known for his participation in many of the cactus and succulent clubs. He is an honorary life member of nine clubs (I believe that includes CSSSN) as well as a life member  and Friend of the CSSA (Cactus & Succulent Society of America.) He has served in almost all positions of leadership from president, to newsletter editor, to show chairman and so on. He is also known for his extensive field work studying primarily the cactus family. He has traveled throughout Africa, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Madagascar, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Socotra, the United States and Yemen. From these trips and his nursery experience, he has developed an extensive knowledge of the cactus family as well as many of the other succulent genera.

Woody is also known for his many presentations. His photography is considered to be special and his commentary very entertaining and educational. He is a recognized international speaker and has spoken for plant conventions - organizations all over the USA, as well as in England, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico. Woody has also authored a number of articles for various newsletters, the CSSA journal and his photographs are well published. Woody is the creator-originator of the first color version of the CSSA journal “Cacti and Succulents for the Amateur” that also featured show plants, shows and the growers of the pictured plants.

He is also known for his cactus and succulent nursery, Cactus Data Plants. CDP was started in 1975 and is still in operation today. Cactus Data Plants specializes in show specimens and rare cacti and other succulents with particular emphasis in Ariocarpus, Astrophytum, Mammillaria, Gymnocalycium, Turbinicarpus, Melocactus, Copiapoa, Fouquieria, Pachypodium, Euphorbia, Cyphostemma, Adenium and Adenia.

Woody and his wife Kathy live in the beautiful mountains south of Santa Fe New Mexico, in a region called Cedar Grove. He has a small 1,200 sq, ft. greenhouse and a few cold frames where he grows his unique plants. He is always on the move and travels frequently to do presentations and shows throughout the western United States. Woody is the proud parent of three children, Leah, Denver and Sarah, all of whom are now grown and out in the big world. Woody is also the proud grandparent of three grandsons, Indiana, Ashton and Logan. He is a retired high school teacher of 32 years where he taught Graphic Arts, Architecture, Art and Health.

At our last meeting we had a "ton" of raffle plants. Dick Askew contributed many plants with their associated rocks, delivered by previous president and treasurer Phil Lawton.  Keep bringing them in.  And bring a friend who likes plants because we'll likely have plenty to give away. We should have one or two pieces of pottery to raffle as well. Woody usually brings some of his nice plants for sale.